|A Cartagena t-shirt|
|Castle of San Felipe, largest fortification in the city|
|Protecting the harbor at one time|
|Now lined by a nice beach|
|Rocky entrance to harbor|
|Probably a place for shipwrecks centuries ago|
|A new construction|
|The skies were so hazy, photos were not great|
|The Old Walled City|
|Historic old town|
|Hotel and resorts on this peninsula|
|Famous harbor statue|
While we were dining on deck four, the Coral Princess pulled across from our berth. She must have a gazillion passengers.
|We guess this ship holds about 3000 passengers|
|The Coral Princess|
|Walkway to the terminal|
|Skies looked like rain was coming.....but never did|
The terminal building houses a very nice and air-conditioned shop for souveniers. As well as highend jewelry, they offer coffee, candies, liqueres, clothing and all types of Colombian souveniers.
|Duty Free Shop in the terminal|
|Inside the duty free shop|
|Young girl guarding the yarn|
|Also native Colombian|
|Cafe at the cruise terminal|
|Terminal building....very civilized|
|Fruit-on-the-head trick to get photos|
|Walkway among the gardens|
|Fountain outside the terminal|
One rather feisty blue and yellow macaw was having a fine time chasing the folks and trying to chew or untie shoes. He was quite adept at pulling Velcro straps on sandals, showing how smart these birds can be. One thing he did know, was what a cane was, as many of the elderly ladies shooed him away with it.
|Two blue and yellow macaws|
|Blue and yellow macaw|
|Turquoise and yellow|
|Housing for the macaws|
|Another type of macaw...perhaps a young military macaw|
What else did we see? Well, there were the too familiar peacocks, many of them roosting in the trees overhead. Kind of makes us wonder how noisy they have become at home? Springtime brings out the noise with these birds. A cage in the garden was full of small vermilion cardinals, native to South America.
|Vermilion cardinals, seed & fruit eaters|
|Also a pretty bird|
Also caged were a broad-winged hawk, a band-bellied owl, and a few toucans.
|Band-bellied owl.....he eats frogs, bats, crayfish & crabs|
|A warning posture|
|But he is|
|Too perfect to be real|
|Four colors in his bill|
|He is a fruit eater|
|More photos to enjoy........|
A special breed of monkeys were either in cages or running around loose. They were small, and unfortunately unidentified without any signs showing their name.
|A small & unusual type of monkey|
|Could not find his name posted anywhere|
|A face only a mama monkey could love|
|This one was isolated|
|May be a new one|
|Greater flamingos (American)|
|The coral color comes from eating shrimps|
|Some are more colorful than others|
|Lawn ornament or real?|
|Imported black swans|
Outside the terminal, we saw some great egrets, brown pelicans, and the magnificent frigate birds.
|A great egret|
|Egret food.......small fish|
|Looking for fish|
|She found food|
|If I look really hard, I will find nuts|
|Think I smell nuts|
|Maybe down this way|
If the weather is as hot as today, we doubt there will be a whole lot of people outside tomorrow. Today there were many more people at the sailaway.
|Sailaway party once again|
|Dropping the lines|
|David, the solo guitarist|
|The "Blues" sisters|
|The Coral Princess was leaving port 1 hour after us|
|Container ship arriving|
|Another cargo ship|
|There goes the pilot|
Cooling off in our room, we ordered room service lunch while watching a movie, Gravity. It sure was different than most movies we have seen.....really plays with your imagination.
Other things happening today included learning the tango for the Dancing with the Stars at Sea program. One could also sign up for the special dinner, Le Cirque, held in the Pinnacle Grill this evening. We did notice that the price was the usual $49., but the dinner with wine pairing was $69., which we believe was $10 less than on the world cruise. We stuck with the dining room dinner, having entrees of turkey with all of the trimmings.
Let's Get It On, was the show performed by the Amsterdam singers and dancers this evening at 8 and 10pm. Last year, this showtime was at 9:30pm, and we expected that to remain the same on this voyage. Wonder who sets the times on these activities? The cruise director perhaps? Anyway, the heat of the day had left us really tired, so we missed the show again.
Tomorrow will find us all waking up and finding we have started into the Panama Canal locks. Hope the weather cooperates because we like to watch the transit from the outside decks all day.
|Leaving the port|